(Memphis) It`s a crime that often happens behind closed doors but human trafficking is on the rise in Memphis. Both adults and children are being forced into the sex business.
“It`s a crime that is so egregious, its difficult to turn away from,” said Ryan Dalton, a director for Operation Broken Silence, a Memphis-based non-profit.
While law enforcement agencies work together to combat the crime, Ryan Dalton is taking his plea to the State capitol.
Next week, the advocate with Operation Broken Silence is asking Tennessee lawmakers to pass two bills.
They would increase the punishment for those who traffic someone under 15 years old and also go after online advertisers that post children-up for commercial sex.
“The truth is Shelby County is one of the worst offenders in Tennessee for human trafficking,” he said. “If we are not protecting our youth in the state, we`ve seen over and over again that traffickers are going to get to them.”
Dalton says he’s going to be testifying in front of a budget committee on Tuesday.
He’s asking for funding for the bills, which is a little less than $100,000 to pay for increased costs that comes with putting more traffickers in prison.